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Staunton Vindicator: September 11, 1863

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Description of Page: This page contains a reprinted list of deserters from the 52nd Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, the text of a letter from Lincoln on the prospect and condition of peace, and war news.

[No Title]
(Column 7)
Summary: These exchanges between the Augusta Constitutionalist, the Mobile Advertiser, and the Savannah Republican discuss women's choice for dress material and explain women's use of calico (cheaper, cooler) over homespun, which might be considered more patriotic.
Origin of Article: Augusta Constitutionalist, Mobile Advertiser, Savannah Republican

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Description of Page: This page contains also articles on war-related subjects, advertisements, and notices.

General Assembly
(Column 1)
Summary: The editor discusses the issues before the special meeting of the General Assembly, specifically the need for volunteer citizens groups to defend their areas in light of the new federal strategy of raids and the need for a better financial system.
Religious Exercises
(Column 1)
Summary: A religious meeting led by Reverend J. C. Hyde, Chaplain, and other ministers, is ongoing at the General Hospital in Staunton, with several sick and wounded soldiers professing their faith and others asking for forgiveness for their sins.
(Names in announcement: Reverend J.C. HydeChaplain)
Message of Gov. Letcher
(Column 2)
Summary: The editor offers a synopsis of Governor Letcher's message, to be excerpted in the following issue.
Mob in Atlanta, Ga.
(Column 4)
Summary: The Atlanta Gazette reports that an African-American man was arrested and jailed for insulting the wife of a Confederate officer. A crowd came for the prisoner, broke him out of jail, and "lost him somewhere with a rope around his neck. Like the subject of recognition, he was in suspense." The article concedes that some people may have trouble with the manner in which the prisoner met his death but will agree that it was justified. According to the Gazette, "He richly deserved hanging."
Correspondence of the Sentinel
(Column 4)
Summary: The writer quotes Proverbs 11:26--"He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him; but blessings shall be upon the head of him that selleth it"--and proposes a hefty monthly tax on all surplus produce and other articles of necessity so that growers will not hoard their goods.
Origin of Article: Sentinel
Trailer: Valley
(Column 5)
Summary: William Thompson, 67, died of consumption at his home near Greenville on August 26.
(Names in announcement: William Thompson)
(Column 5)
Summary: Ann Eliza Lawrence, 1, infant daughter of Thomas and Sarah J. Lawrence, died September 4 near Staunton.
(Names in announcement: Ann Eliza Lawrence, Thomas Lawrence, Sarah J. Lawrence)
(Column 5)
Summary: Mary Hunter, 58, widow of Matthew T. Hunter, died of cholera morbus, August 26, at her home near Christian's Creek.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Mary Hunter, Matthew T. Hunter)
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(Column 5)
Summary: The town council of Staunton announces a new tax to raise revenue to buy flour, meat, and wood for families of the soldiers. Robert G. Bickle and ninety-two others signed a petition making the request. The council appointed a committee of Reverend James C. Wheat, James W. Crawford, and William B. Kayser to disburse the funds.
(Names in announcement: Robert G. Bickle, Colonel Harman, Reverend James C. Wheat, Mr. James W. Crawford, Mr. William B. Kayser)
$100 Reward
(Column 6)
Summary: Cynthia, a slave woman about 20, brown skin, "pretty good looking," wearing a black silk dress with several flounces, one of purple marino and one of dark calico, ran away two weeks ago from Peter Hanger, who offers $50 if she is captured in the county and $100 if she is captured outside the county. She was raised by Giles Miller of Nottoway county.
(Names in announcement: Peter HangerJr.)